Our hearts go out to everyone in Texas who endured the devastating winter storms in February.
At Dot, we couldn’t let the excess food and supplies in our warehouses go to waste when we knew so many people were in urgent need. We donated nearly 110,000 pounds of product to several nonprofit organizations that are providing relief to Texas residents.
Some of the donations we made in the past few weeks include:
38,000 pounds of product to West Virginia Baptist; the church sent the items to Houston
37,000 pounds of product to Catholic Charities in San Antonio
20,000 pounds of product to San Antonio Food Bank, a Feeding Texas organization
13,000 pounds of product to Reach Out America in Houston
We are now working with FEMA to provide hand sanitizer, face masks, and other essential items for relief.
“For the state, it’s been disaster on top of disaster. Texas has been hit hard by COVID-19, and many people were still recovering from Hurricane Harvey in 2017,” said Suzy Parn, the head of Dot’s corporate charitable program. “I can’t help but think of California, Alabama, and Louisiana, which also experienced disasters alongside the pandemic last year. We donated food and supplies to those states during that time, and now it’s time for us to do what we can for Texas.”
A recent New York Times article showed the tremendous demand for food in the aftermath of the storms. 10 days after the storm hit, cars lined up for two to three miles outside the San Antonio Food Bank with workers serving about 200 cars an hour.
Reach Out America experienced the same demand. “People from all over the city came and lined up around the facility waiting to get food and water,” said Hope King from Reach Out America. “Many thanks for the wonderful shipment of food for the victims of the arctic winter blast humanitarian relief program.”